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Each year thousands of children's books are published and each month we feature around 80 of our favourites, all categorised by age range.

Below, after much debate in the office, are the ones we think are the best of the year.

We hope you enjoy the selection.

Many of them are available in a selection of formats including eBooks for both kindle and iPad.

So, browse away and make sure you haven't missed out on our 'must reads' of 2012.

And if you need more specific recommendations then click one of the special feature links below.

Children's Classics - perfect if you are looking for gifts to last a lifetime.

childrens classics

Nosy Crow - award winning publisher with books and apps for toddlers to teens.

nosy crow

Hot Key - exceptional authors and great stories for nine to nineteen year-olds readers.

Hot key books

Under Cover Reads from Walker Books - for the ultimate in Young Adult Fiction.

under covedr reads

If you're still stuck then our most visited area of the site is a must for you to look at. Book Awards is positively choking with stunning reads, all winners or shortlisted for big awards announced during 2012, while for the funniest books of the year, there's the Roald Dahl Funny Prize

And finally for any boy or girl obsessed with facts, rather than fiction, we have a special section for them as well - called, unsurprisingly, Fascinating Facts.

Fascinating Facts




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2012 was a fantastic year for children's publishing. So many amazing books were published it’s quite possible even the most dedicated of parents missed a few. Below are favourites chosen by our book experts. Just click on the age range you are interested in. Also don't miss our special Christmas Books section. All of them make perfect presents.

2012 Great Reads for Babies and Toddlers


A Dog Called Homeless
A Dog Called Homeless
Sarah Lean
May 2012 Debut of the Month. How a young girl finds hope and a way forward after the death of her mother and the collapse of her familiar life is a deeply touching story. Cally stops talking when no one believes...
Featured in: 11+ readers | Debuts of the Month
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
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This is Not My Hat
This is Not My Hat
Jon Klassen
Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - Winner of the UKLA Book Awards 3-6yrs 2014- Winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal. One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012   Best-selling illustrator Jon Klassen follows...
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers | Book Awards
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/10/2012
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The One Dollar Horse
The One Dollar Horse
Lauren St.John
Blue Peter prize-winner Lauren St John tells a thrilling rags-to-riches story in this gripping story of one girl and her dream. Horse-mad Casey has only one dream: to ride a winner in the Badminton Horse trials. But Casey lives in...
Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Month
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2012
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A Stallion Called Midnight
A Stallion Called Midnight
Victoria Eveleigh
A perfect story for pony-lovers in which Jenny secretly befriends a wild stallion on the island of Lundy. It is heart-rending but ultimately uplifting and it will bring you close to tears at times.  It takes its inspiration from a...
Featured in: 9+ readers | Pony Mad
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/06/2012
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The Pirates Next Door
The Pirates Next Door
Jonny Duddle
Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Award 2012 - Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 - Shortlisted for the National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year 2012  When the Jolley Rogers arrive at Dull-on-sea, a quiet seaside...
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers | Book Awards | Illustrator of the Month
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2012
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Shrunk!
Shrunk!
Fleur Hitchcock
September 2012 Debut of the Month. With Jupiter in one pocket and a meteorite in the other, both shrunk by him, Tom knows he has a strange power which...
Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
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Elf Girl and Raven Boy : Fright Forest
Elf Girl and Raven Boy : Fright Forest
Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the 2013 Leeds Book Award - July 2012 Book of the Month.  Humour, magic and the altogether unexpected are woven together engagingly to create a delightfully original adventure. Elf Girl and Raven Boy meet by chance and soon...
Featured in: 7+ readers | Book Awards
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2012
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Earthfall
Earthfall
Mark Walden
Shortlisted for the 2013 Leeds Book Award - June 2012 Book of the Month.   Rich in dazzlingly but sinister technology with Grendels, Drones and Hunters on the attack, this headlong adventure of how a group of kids fight against it...
Featured in: 9+ readers | Book Awards | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
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